Costco Just Increased the Price on Two of Its Popular Food Court Items

published Jul 11, 2022
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As fuel, food, and shipping costs continue rising across the globe, even wholesale giants like Costco are having to make tough decisions about what expenses to pass on to consumers. And the latest low-cost items to be impacted are two of the most popular shopper favorites at the Costco food court.

According to The Hill, the price of the 20-ounce soda and the chicken bake have gone up by $0.10 and a dollar, respectively, bringing the new prices to $0.69 and $3.99. While the company’s corporate offices would not comment on the price change, Nexstar Media Group was able to confirm the new pricing with employees at warehouses in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Texas.

The changes at the food court come ahead of a projected increase in Costco membership fees, which was all but confirmed in March by CFO Richard Galanti, “especially in light of companies like Amazon and Netflix raising their fees.” He noted that the company had raised its membership prices three times over the last 15 years, with each price change happening approximately every “five years and seven months.”

Keeping with that schedule, members won’t see that increase until next year.

One thing Costco has proudly confirmed is unlikely to change any time soon, however — if ever — is the price of its most common food court order: the hot-dog-soda combo. “Let me just say, the price — when we introduced the hot-dog-soda combo in the mid-’80s — was $1.50,” said SVP Bob Nelson in response to rumors on social media back in May. “The price today is $1.50, and we have no plans to increase the price at this time.”